Making her debut in lesbian teen movie Yes or No, tomboy Suppanat “Tina” Jittaleela, 19, opens up about her geeky past and her tomboy look.
BK: What were you doing before Yes or No?
Tina: I studied in Ratchaburi province before I moved to Bangkok after sixth grade to study at Satriwit School. I managed to get in because of my skills in creating a website. I lost all the sample code they gave me and ended up writing my own. They found out what I did and that’s how I got in.
BK: So you are a bit of a computer geek?
Tina: My mom supported me in studying anything I wanted. I love to play with computers, so I decided to study how to make websites using various programs like Dreamweaver and Flash. I participated in the Nectec computing competition when I was in the sixth grade and won first prize.
BK: How did you get involved with the movie?
Tina: My senior told me to go for the casting for this project. They had been planning to make this movie for two years and couldn’t find a tomboy who had a character close to the one in the movie. They picked me because of the natural girly way I say “ka” or “nu” which other tomboys don’t. The character in this movie doesn’t start out as a tomboy at first but slowly becomes one.
BK: How did you find acting for the first time?
Tina: It’s pretty hard because I had never done it before. The team sent me to train with an acting coach and I just did the best that I could.
BK: Who should go and watch the film?
Tina: I would say anyone of any gender should watch it. I even know guys who’ve seen it thinking it would just be a lesbian film, but it’s actually just a love story between two people.
BK: Are you working on any other film projects?
Tina: Not yet, but I also work as a DJ at Pynk 98 FM every Mon-Fri 8.30pm-10pm.
BK: How do you manage your time between work and study?
Tina: I just dropped my course in International Software Engineering at Chiang Mai University because it’s too far and it’s hard to study in this field. It’s so science-focused. So I plan to study in Bangkok.
BK: And what are your plans for the future?
Whatever happens, I plan to continue working in entertainment. I really like it. I also really want to get into the communication arts program at Chulalongkorn University but the scores needed may be too high. I definitely want to continue my studies though.